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  1. Can Hamelin hire up to 4 Stolen with Sewer King ( Infiltration(Lost) )?
  2. Hi! I've been searching for Hamelin start-up threads, but none of them really answered my specific question. As my Outcast crew has grown over the past year I've considered picking up Hamelin, a Master I was never that keen on starting out. I currently own all of Leveticus' thematic crew, Von Schill's Freikorps (minus the excessively priced Hannah) as well as many non-thematic Outcasts (Sue, DMs, the Emissary etc.). However, as opposed to many other Outcast Masters, Hamelin seem to have a pretty steep cost-of-entry. I've got a pretty good deal lined up to buy the old Hamelin metal-box (Hamelin, Nix, the Stolen, 3*Rats) for roughly 20 £, which I would be very happy with (I love the old metal sculpts). However, paying in excess of 30 £ for the BotR-box as well as trying to get hold of Obedient Wretches on top of the Master box... the opportunity cost is simply too high, in my mind. I'm more of a hobbyist than a tournament-player, but it's always nice for one's crew to be halfway competetive. Would you say the old metal Hamelin-box a worthwhile purchase per se, or would my money be better spent on another Master? Cheers! /Werner
  3. Hey guys, after a long break (played a lot of 10T lately), I decided to give my Outcasts a try in GG18. Unfortunately, I don't own so much, so I haven't a real flexibility in builds. The rolled Strategy and Schemes are these: Ply For Information (we decided to play Extraction, just to change a bit) Surround Them Inescapable Trap Public Demonstration Hold Up Their Forces Vendetta Given I own Hamelin, Parker, Jack Daw and some random stuff, what are your advises about the game? Is Hamelin able to play into these Schemes? I know he's really powerful and can do almost everything, but don't know. By the way, I thought to go for Hold Up Their Forces and another one (Surround Them or Vendetta, probably), 'cause I think Montresor will shine into Hold Up. What can be an efficient runner? The Midnight Stalker? Thanks in advance.
  4. Hamelin in Ours

    I was reflecting on the GG18 for my Masters (Hamelin, Jack and Parker) and, all of a sudden, I came with this revelation: is Hamelin effectively weak in Ours? The whole game of Hamelin is about cycling, and with cycling you summon constantly new models. The things you play with him surely follow this road: Abominations, Desolation Engine, Ashes & Dust, Rat Kings, Rat Catchers, Stolen. How is my Tyrant supposed to play into this Strategy? Help me guys and you'll get a slice of cheese.
  5. Benny

    What are your toughts on Benny? Do you see him used outside of Hamelin? Maybe with Parker, thanks to the Bandit Characteristic?
  6. This List Is The Pits

    So, in an effort to not loose all my friends, I've been constructing a more rat free Hamelin crew; now that Broken Promises dropped, I have the focus. Pretty much it's Wp reduction and Bleeding Disease. 50 SS Outcasts Crew Hamelin + 2 Pool - Plague Pits (1) - The Piper (2) - Sewer King (1) Montresor (9) - Fearful Whispers (1) - Brick By Brick (0) Nix (8) - Oath Keeper (1) - Scramble (2) Benny Wolcomb (8) Obedient Wretch (4) Crooligan (4) Crooligan (4) Crooligan (4) (exported from CrewFaux) Next time Guard The Stash or Extraction comes up I'll use this list. You start by place the 3 pit markers around/amidst the strategy markers, then From the Shadows place Crooligans among the pit markers, using The Mist to make them in soft cover, walk Montresor to join the Crooligans, causing a collective area of negative 1 to 4 Wp by existing where the enemy needs to go to score. Then using Pipes, Obey and/or everything Montresor does to draw people into the affected/infected area, pulling the Nix Bomb (pop Oath Keeper, walk, walk, walk, Drink Spirit) on the Wp deficient, then you have 5 models (plus 1 for every The Stolen) with Bleeding Disease, which also targets Wp, casting into the poor unfortunate souls, as well as other non-center table schemes to run. And as long as there are people nearby, you can't do Interact Actions to remove the pit markers. I'm still wary about using Benny, as he's expensive for just another casting of Bleeding Disease; I was tempted to drop him for a 4th Crooligan and Hodgepodge Effigy (an additional -1 Wp, two more castings of The Mist and add Souls Stones on Hamelin kills), or maybe just Iggy for that extra -2 Wp aura or Mood Swings, both 0 actions, and a little Burning to finish off the hard to kill folks at the end of the turn. I can also add Candy; I only mention it because everyone tells me Candy synergies well with Hamelin... but I don't see it. Comments, criticism, condemnation, or other words that begin with C, feel free free to post below.
  7. So I was planning to do his Blightship, Hamelin, with wretch, benny, nix, the stolen and some rats... but I could cut back on some rats and instead squeeze in Hodgepodge Emissary and conflux of plague with that sweet positive flip to give more Blight, plus his other standard tricks. But, is that overkill on the Blight? Am I hamstringing myself in other categories even with the moving other models with markers ability of Hodgepodge? Will 4-5 more rats really swing things more in my favor? Answers on a postcard to....
  8. Alternativ Rat Kings

    Hi, Does someone knows good alternative Rat Kings? Yesterday I noticed that two are not enough, but i don't want to buy the Brotherhood of the Rat Box again. I have enough Malifaux Rats and Rat Catcher.
  9. Thought experiment for you *good* Outcasts players: Under what circumstances would you play Hamelin against Reva? What models or tactics do you utilize to make up for the fact that, at my first blush, he seems to be about as poorly suited to face her as a Master can be? I ask because I was just talking it over with a friend and it seems like Reva's ability to drop corpses in the back field puts a lot of pressure on Hamelin to not do his normal rat shuffle if he had that in mind and he seems to be poised to give her a LOT of corpse markers with his normal crew/tactics.
  10. Located in Pennsylvania Dropped the price a bit! I have a Misaki Boxset and Metal Hamelin crew I want to sale/ trade. I'm looking for brewmaster in trade. You can have both crews for a brewmaster Boxset and anything Ten Thunders like the Lone Swordsman, Komainu, Femented River Monks, Kang, etc.... Sale prices will be below. Misaki assembled and primed - $20 plus $5 shipping. Metal Hamelin crew w/ 8 rats, Hamelin, Obedient Wretch, 2 Rat Catchers, 3 Stolen, 3 Crooligans, Candy, and Baby Kade. All metal models - $25 plus $8 shipping Buy Both crews for $50 with shipping
  11. [Lot Sold]

    Currently looking to trade out my Hamelin crew, looking to get the Malifaux Starter box or around $70-80 so I can buy it for myself. I have all the cards for the crew minus one rat card that got damaged. Hamelin is partially painted, the rest is either bare plastic or based Model count: 1x Hamelin 3x Stolen 1x Obedient Wretch 1x Nix 4x Rat Catcher 4x Rat King Approximately 20 Malifaux Rats Prefer to part with most or all of the models in a single lot.
  12. Outcasts vs Summoners

    From time to time I have real big issues with summoners. Especially in stats and schemes where number of models may play big role. Also I have problems with Kirai in ALL stats and schemes. So far I found two good solutions to them, one is Levi with summoning upgrade on shooting attack and Lazarus. Levi picks easy to kill enemy models (low wounds etc.) and creates abominations and Lazarus drop blasts Second is Jack Daw with A&D. I use 0 AP obey from Jack to cast that DF test on A&D, mostly all ressers have lower DF so it's effective. Nurse / Jack Daw focuses on enemy master to stop summoning (only take walk actions, only take MI action, drop curse etc.). In some cases Jakuma lures stuff important for summoner, examples: Nicodem itself so he needs to take walk action to be in range to corpse markers or lure Flesh Construct away from Kirai etc. So here goes my questions: - are there nice counters to summoners in Iron / Bone Levi? I think that some Belles / doxy combo can work in similar way to Jakuma lures and Mech Rider can help with out activation. - Is Hamelin good idea? Are his rats good counter to summoning masters? - Are there any other masters in Outcast good against summoners? How do you play against summoners as outcast?
  13. Hello everone, I'm new to the game and have played only a couple of games with my Hamelin crew, which were all nice and fun until I faced the Victorias. Having to play Reckoning against them was no fun whatsoever. In the end I lost 8:6, managing to score 5 points from my shemes, as did my opponent, but only once scoring from the strategy. The no fun part however was not due to losing, but rather due to the feeling of being massively outmatched. Facing a crew with such massive damage output and very powerful and obvious abilities, which also has access to hard to kill condition removall, card and soulstone manipulation etc was quite daunting, even frustrating. Thinking about the game afterwards I could not see alot thatt I could have done differentlxy to change the outcome. So far I only have the Hamelin starter and the brotherhood of the rat box - so Hamelins core crew, with the "The Lost" models awaiting painting. My list featured Hamelin (The Plague, Survivalist, The Piper) Nix (Hollow, Infectious melodies) 2x Ratcatcher Lost Obedient Wretch 5 rats (ended up summoning two ratkings on turn 1) versus Victoria 1 Victoria 2 Johan(na) Student of Conflict 2xRonin Vanessa Freikorps Librarian (don't know what upgrades my opponent used) Strategy: Reckoning Shemes I picked: Frame for Murder, Plant explosives (scored 2/3) My opponent picked the same and scored the same. I'd appreciate any constructive advice on how to play against teh Victorias, without feeling utterly out of control. (I have been plaqying miniature games for over 20 years, so I know that some factions are hard to beat and frustrating at first, but after thinking about it for a long while and looking over their cards, I reallydon't see how in this case...)
  14. Hamelin Crew

    From the album The Plague Cometh

    Hamelin Crew containing Killjoy, The Plague Cometh and The Brotherhood of the Rat box sets.

    © KugelfangStudios.com

  15. Hamelin first list

    Hi all, New player to Malifaux here. I've decided on Outcasts as my first faction, and Hamelin as my first master. I've heard with his summoning he can be a bit hard as a first master, but I'm OK with that. His two box set models sold him and the game for me. I've read up a bit on how to play and what models work well with him. What do you think of my first list? Hamelin -Sewer King -Survivalist -The Piper -7SS The Stolen Crooligan x 3 Johan Nix Obedient Wretch Sue My plan was not to focus completely on summoning rats but using what I can get as the game goes on, building up to Rat Kings and then Rat Catchers to get more activations each turn. I've hired a Crooligans as my main scheme runners while the chaos goes on. Johan and Sue are my first couple turn hard hitters until the rat machine has started up. I wanted to switch out Sue and 2SS for Taelor but I can't find anyone selling her separately from the Viktoria's box set, and I don't want anything else from that set. Plus, I get to play Johnny Cash in the background each of Sue's activations. Do I stand a chance?
  16. Hello, I'm trying to decide what Master to get next after Hamelin. Preferably I'd like one that likes the schemes and strategies that Hamelin doesn't like. It would also be nice if I didn't need to buy much beyond their crew box. What I own so far for Outcasts is: The Hamelin Crew, 2x Brotherhood of the Rat, Killjoy, Convict Gunslingers, Johana. Your suggestions would be very appreciated.
  17. Hello, I've fallen in love with the concept of Hamelin. Swarms of Rats, spawning, evolving, and recycling, combined with a lot of control over Schemes. I've already bought the Hamelin box, but I'm not really digging the rat on a rock due to it not really working with my basing (I'm going with clear bases to see the rats scurry over the terrain), so the box gave me 3 usable rats. I've got a Brotherhood of the Rat box on the way, so that will be another 6 usable rats and the two Rat Kings. My question is: Will 9 Rats and 2 Rat Kings be enough if I intend to play a lot with the rat machine? I'm ok with ordering a second Brotherhood box just for a couple models out of it if I need to, I just don't want to be caught lacking models in my first couple games. But if I don't need to, cool.
  18. My usual Arcanist buddy and I got a game in last night. The strategy was Interference with a scheme pool of Murder Protege, Outflank, Breakthrough and Protect Territory, with standard deployment. Terrain was, there was a smattering of houses on the outer edges with not a lot in the center except for some corners of those houses and a wall. There was a house on the far left in the middle of the board that kind of mattered later. My list was: Hamelin with Piper and Survivalist, 1 Stolen, Librarian, Nix (with infectious melodies), Obedient Wretch, Sue, And Taelor with 7 stones. The thought process behind this list was that Ramos seemed to be an obvious pick for the scheme pool and with the abundance of constructs in Arcanists PLUS the Piper upgrade, Taelor would rock it out. Sue was there was there for utility and ranged support, of course. Nix, because Nix. I was debating doing Hallow instead, but it was a bit of a mistake to take Infectious Melodies without something to really take advantage of it. His list (which surprised me): Rapsy with Cold Nights, Arcane Reservoir, and Shattered Heart, Wendigo, Snow Storm with Sub Zero, Blessed of December with Imbued Energies, Silent One, December Acolyte, and an Ice Gamin. He had been on a Raspy kick as of lately, but I really did not expect him to go with her this list. He went Protect Territory revealed and Murder Protege, Taelor, unrevealed. I don't know what his thought process on this was, but it ended up working out well for him. I ended up going with Protect Territory Unrevealed, and Outflank revealed. My thought process behind this was that with the terrain being what it is and knowing I was facing Raspy, I didn't think I was going to be able to get in her face well enough to do breakthrough. I didn't think I had enough fire power to kill the Snowstorm, esp with the upgrade. That left Outflank, which I knew I could do easy enough with the activation control of Hamelin and Protect territory, which I knew I could do as well. We flip for deployment and I win. I have him go first so I can see where he puts his december acolotye. He places it in a height 4 building on my left in a building closer to his side. From left to right, he had the DA in that building, a Silent One, an Ice Gamin, Raspy with the Snow Storm, Blessed, and Wendigo all grouped up. He was ripe for moving up and parking Raspy behind some ruins that gave Hard Cover. Good play on his part. My set up had very little on my left except for Hamelin with 1 stolen, Nix in a building with the Obedient Wretch parked close by, Sue was behind some rocks as well as Taelor. The Librarian was centrally located. TURN 1: I draw a decent hand of crows and win initiative. I have him go first, starting the activation game. I can't remember the order of things, but at one point, I obey his December Acolyte off the building, dealing 4 damage to it and parking Hamelin behind a building. I also stone to get 2 stolen out. He ends up doing some tricks with the Snowstorm to get everything pushed up and arcing some spells through the snow storm to catch 2 of my stolen and a rat in a major blast. Dammit. I also forgot to put rats in play from the dead stolen. Dammit again. I move Nix over to the right and Sue closer to Hamelin. I remembered later that Sue is actually a good person to go with early because of his Neg flip to CA actions, but I am relatively new to Sue. Live and learn. I also plant a scheme marker with Taelor. TURN 2: I stone for cards and have a decent hand, which ends up being blown this turn. I have him go first. He manages to get some blasts off on Sue out in the open, but I manage to keep him a live to due some poor luck from him. He also takes a shot at Hamelin, hoping to evaporate the remaining stolen over there. I spend a stone to give myself defensive and neg flips to him. He manages to flip low damage. Whomp whomp. I am pretty sure he gets a blast off on the Librarian to hurt it, but I can't remember who did it. I think his last action, he places the ice pillars. I manage to obey his December Acolyte into hitting his silent one, doing a little damage on it and giving it slow. I move Hamelin to the other side of the building and Obey the snowstorm back. This happens pretty much for the rest of the game. It is him spending his 2 actions to move the snowstorm up to arc, and me spending 2 actions moving it back and 1 free action to do whatever. Again, I can't remember the order of things, but essentially, I am in the bottom right corner, just making more rats and doin' the rat king thing (not this turn, but the next turn I will summon it out). Its lots of jockeying for position. He finally commits and pops imbued energies with the blessed and charges Taelor. I blow through 3 stones and keep her relatively safe (3 wounds on her). Taelor swings back and unfortunately doesn't do a whole lot of damage. No biggy. I can just finish him off next turn. We both score on the strat. 1 - 1 TURN 3: I discard the rest of my cards and draw a fresh 6. My high card is a 9, with a few aces and 5s. Well, no bigs. We flip for initiative. I flip a 1 and he flips a 6. As I REALLY need to go first, I spend my last stone and re-flip to get a 3. I am starting to go on tilt a little but manage to keep it under wraps for now. He, of course goes with Blessed and proceeds to flip stupidly hot while I continue to flip low. After flipping 2 lower than 6 cards, he kills Taelor (and forgets his heal trigger that I didn't know he had) and getting 2 points for Murder Protege. Ok, cool. I can handle this. The december has 4 blight stacked up and 4 hp left. I should be able to kill it no problem. I go with my now summoned Rat King to try to kill him and manage to do min damage and black joker the other attack.............and I go on tilt for about 5 minutes. Not happy about it, but I am happy I got it under control. It was a series of stupidly bad flips all in a row, and that, in general irks me. I know it is part of the game, but dang, this bugged me. I manage to cool off and focus. He manages to paralyze my King. He also does some healing from the Silent One, I think and moves the Snowstorm up, again and I, again, obey it back as well as obeying the Rat King to split into a catcher and a rat. I also summon out a stolen. Nix, tries to kill the Blessed and fails as well. I think I finally kill it with the Obedient Wretch's Disease attack. Sheesh. That took forever. We both score the strat again, making the total 2 to 4, him. TURN 4: After last turns streak of bad luck, I know I have to do something. We do the snowstorm, Hamelin dance, as he won't move much up and is planting scheme markers and I am doing the same. He ice pillars down, tries to get some pot shots off and fails due to some cover. Not a lot happened, but the end of the turn is what mattered. I gave one of my newly made rats from the Wretch fast. I move my one rat into melee with his decemeber acolyte that made her way over to that side of the board and use the rat catcher to give one of the new rats reactivate. That rat activates and moves 5 and then reactivates and moves 10 into b2b with Raspy. This denies him the strat point, bringing the score to 3 to 4, him. My plan was to force him to deal with the rats and not deny me outflank. I also moved the librarian over into the house on the far left, making it impossible for him to stop outlflank on that end next turn. TURN 5: My hand was so so, but it didn't really matter. He ate one of the rats engaging raspy with his Wendigo, giving Rapsy fast. He did his best to blast things, but didn't have the firepower to really kill much, as my Rat catcher was in a good position on the right for Outflank as was my librarian on the left. He knew I was getting 3 from that. I had 2 scoring scheme markers down for Protect Territory and managed to plant a third along the way. At that point, he conceded with dignity. Final score was 10 to 8, me. I got 3 from outflank, and 3 from Protect Territory. I had a total of 3 scheme markers down. End game thoughts: I was sure he was bringing Ramos. It is a favorite of his. Again, I apologized profusely for my behavior (I had a terrible day at work and that just set it off), but luckily it wasn't a long and I got my head back in the game. My opponent really is getting the hang of Raspy and I am glad. Overall, there wasn't a TON of action in terms of killing. I lost a bunch of rats and was happy that he was spending AP to kill them. I screwed myself out of 3 rats throughout the game, forgetting about the Catcher and Hamelin's bubble. IF I had to do that match up again, I would have definitely not brought infectious melodies as it didn't do anything for me. I need to remember some of my defensive tricks a bit better as Hamelin could have been a bit more aggressive. My opponent's decision to go Murder Protege unrevealed was interesting as it was risking that he could stop my schemes and outflank. I personally think it was a bold move, but ultimately not the right move. The terrain was VERY open for arcing spells and I think he could have went revealed and just blasted Taelor apart.
  19. My group recently ran a shifting loyalties campaign in which I enjoyed excellent success running a Rusty Alyce/Ronin/Johan crew that expanded to include many of the Freikorps and eventually Leveticus (yes I am aware this makes me a terrible person). I think another campaign is in the offing in the new year and I'm itching for a chance to test drive all these lovely new models I got in the Plague Cometh and Brotherhood of the Rat boxed sets. However, looking at Nix's card I get the impression that he's a lot less viable for leading a crew and may suffer when Hamelin isn't around with his ratty tricks. He seems a little squishy with his average defensive stats and 6 wounds - granted that incorporeal adds a reasonable amount of mitigation but it feels like he'd go down very quickly under concentrated fire, especially considering that he seems to be intended for use in the thick of melee combat. My other issue is building a crew. I'm debating just how viable the rats, catchers and rat kings are without Hamelin to lead them, or whether I'm just better shoring up a crew with monsters like Killjoy or similar to take the focus off Nix (I also really want to fit Sue in there too since his new model is just great) I'd love to hear any input you folks may have on the viability of a Nix-led crew in Shifting Loyalties. I could always just plump for Rusty Alyce until I can finish my bounty and bring Hamelin to the table but I just fancy a bit of Variety.
  20. I am mostly a Resser player (Molly, McMourning) and I also love playing Zoraida for neverborn, but I play Leveticus as my Outcast master since i already had so many models that he can hire. I am keen to start another Outcast master so I am torn between Jack Daw and Hamelin. Which masters do you prefer and why? I tend to really enjoy support type masters myself so what are jack Daw and Hamelin's play styles ?
  21. Obey and rat king

    Hi Everybody; I dunno if I'm in the right forum's section for this type of question, if i'm not I apologize. I've a doubt. Let's suppose I'm playing Zoraida against Hamelin. I cast obey on a rat King. And I kill it with his ability "rat problem"; then a rat catcher and a malifaux rat should be summoned. My question is: the rat catcher and the rat belong to who? I suppose They belong to Zoraida owner (me) since when the RK died it was under my control. Am I wrong?
  22. Leveticus and Hamelin Crew

    Before you ask, no, I'm not suggesting running two masters. Idea is a crew that alternates running Leveticus and Hamelin. Being able to alternate is mostly to keep my opponent's on their toes when I declare Outcasts as my faction. Anyway, I'm new to this game and am still learning the concepts, rules, and model interactions. At this time, I've only run Leveticus once, and Hamelin zero times, with only 5 total games played. Be gentle. Local crowd plays 50ss games almost exclusively. The Leveticus crew I ran last time was: Leveticus (Pariah of Iron+Desolate Soul) 2x Hollow Waif Joss (Oath keeper) Ice Golem 3x Steam Arachnid Metal Gamin Arcane Effigy Soulstone Miner Basic summary is that I had been running Arcanist's Ramos prior, and this is basically that list with Leveticus added. General idea is that almost all the models attack actions hit against Df, so Ice Golem chucks Steam Arachnids at enemies, which are knocked to -1 Df by being in base contact, which does damage with the "toss" via a Df test and also aids the rest of the crew in offensive capacity. At this time, I had switched from Ramos to Leveticus in the hope that Leveticus would be a "more durable" version of Ramos. This turns out to have been a mistake, as Leveticus might be more durable, but is actually ignored by the opponent, so being more durable is irrelvent. This requires a drastic change in tactics, as I had been thinking of Leveticus as a backfield Leader. The list I'm presently working on is more like this: Leveticus or Hamelin (The Piper, if Hamelin) Rusty Alice (Desolate Soul) Vanessa Lazarus Desolation Engine (Scramble) I've got 3ss left. Probably spent on Scout the Field (on Lazarus), and either Mark of Shez'uul or From the Aether (On Vanessa or Rusty Alice respectively). General idea is a Construct action manipulation list. The focus is that Scramble makes DE Wk6 and Cg 9 with unimpeded. With Hamelin, I should be able to use his Pipes to move him at least 12" on turn 1, with his own actions allowing another 12" easy, making him able to advance very quickly. I can use Obey or Vanessa to give DE more attacks, and I can even use Rusty Alice to give DE the reactivate Condition (granted at high cost). Lazarus is basically the same idea, but a focus on blast weapons, as I've been rather lacking on crowd control lately. Lazarus can also mimic DE's attack, which isn't amazing without triggers, but does have 1" more close quarter range and +1 damage over Lazarus' close quarter attack. Suggestions welcome. On a side note, somewhere on this forum, I found a person mentioning that you could take Desolate Soul on both Rusty Alice and Leveticus. Is this true? I've been thinking the "or" would prevent taking it twice, but if I'm mistaken, it would be a very good upgrade for both of them. EDIT: If Leveticus, rather than Hamelin, the list leans a bit slower, as I don't have the pipes or Obey, but Leveticus brings ranged attacks, some summoning, and some manipulation with sacrificing undead or constructs (which DE is both).
  23. Hamelin Fiction and Metaplot

    Hi all, Can anyone point me at specific sources on Hamelin Fiction and Metaplot? I apologise if this has already been answered elsewhere, but as search is down I've got no necromancy available.
  24. "Just like the Pied Piper, led rats through the streets. We dance like marionettes, swaying to the symphony of destruction" - "Symphony of Destruction" - Megadeth. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ***JUDGES!*** - Please visit my IP 2015 - Round 2 photobucket page for better/bigger/more/prettier pictures! http://s1382.photobucket.com/user/SpectreEliteGaming/library/Iron%20Painter%202015/Round%202%20-%20The%20End%20of%20the%20World%20As%20We%20Know%20It?sort=3&page=1 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Though there are countless different versions of the story, for hundreds of years the Pied Piper of Hamelin has been a literary representation of the plague - not unlike the fairy tale version of the grim reaper! Who better than the piper to sound the song to bring about the end of mankind? The Piper is the commander of rats, avatar of the plague, and the taker of children. As the rats crawl out from beneath the earth and move to flood over the lands below - we will surely realize that this is the end of the world, as we know it. That lyrical verse by Megadeth was one of the first things that popped into my head as soon as I heard the theme for this round. I had been putting off this project for some time so I was more than happy to have an excuse to bomb through it. Wyrd Miniatures, as I'm sure you know, make a ton of references to pop-culture or real-world characters/themes. My hope was to take the Pied Piper reference and really sell it! Keeping in line with everything I hobby - this is a functional submission - I will use it as an overly obnoxious 50mm Avatar model... buuuuut the house is attached by a magnet and can be removed to be put on a 30mm base (with a cylindrical spacer for added height/weight) to be used as my master, as well! It is way sturdier than it looks, believe me. Expect to see this master at Gen Con! TRIVIA and DETAILS! I'm a sucker for detail and I like to put as much references and fun little details into my stuff, as possible. Therefore, I'd also like to draw attention to a few points of my submission that may be easily missed: - When the piper returned to the village of Hamelin to take the children, he wore green - as a hunter would. I have followed suit in appropriately nurgle-tastic fashion, as well as integrating some red/yellow and gold trim to keep him suitably "pied." - The coat of arms on the shield on the opposite side of the house is the actual coat of arms of Hamelin, Lower Saxony, Germany. - The flag that is being flown is an inverse of the St. Georges Cross. This is the flag of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation from 1200 to 1350. The story of the Pied Piper is said to originate during the late 1200's. - "Rats, rats, rats! Hundreds, thousands, millions of them, and everyone a life." - a nice, conveniently relevant Bram Stoker reference!... okay, fine... Swarm of Rats, as well - for all you Magic geeks. - The middle tier of the model is basically a really blunt reinforcement of theme. The end is certainly nigh and that baby is what you can expect as a result! Of course, the idea is: Rats = Plague = No more people... just ask the 200 million people who died from the Black Plague in the 1300's! - Along with the obvious large cut-out section so you can see the rats in the base that will crawl up through the bricked passage and eventually erupt from the top - there are a couple other smaller cross-sections on the backside - I collaged in a couple small pics to better display the effect. I really tried to focus on scenery effects (water effects/mother-flocking and an interesting display base) and some freehand for this submission. Hope you enjoy!!!
  25. Video Tutorials: Hamelin

    Hi all! I just posted a video tutorial about Hamelin: Hateful Darkblack's Intro to Hamelin. It's intended to be an intro video to give an idea of how the Crew works, for those who might be picking it up, or who might be facing Hameling for the first time. This is similar to the videos I did for Jack Daw and Leveticus. it's a little longer than those because Hamelin has more Core Crew, and because I go through the long activation/summoning chains that are possible with a Plagued Crew. Please give it a look! Comments welcome, here or there.